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The Worst Burritos Ever (& How to Build a Better Burrito)

No conversation about the bad burrito can happen until you've read Darin Ross' f-bombed open letter/tirade to the guy who made this burrito. The expletive-laden rant sums up everything that can (and did) go wrong with the building of one man's burrito. READ MORE

10 Toaster Hacks You Need to Try

So you thought the toaster oven was just for making toast? Think again. Aside from the usual bread with melted cheese, your toaster is capable of a lot more than you ever gave it credit for. READ MORE

Cooking Crustaceans, Plus the Condiments That Go With Them

From weekends at the shore to mega-blockbuster movies in an overly air conditioned theater, some things are best enjoyed during the warmer months. Food-wise, that couldn’t be more true of all of our favorite crustaceans. READ MORE

9 Ways to Get More Pulled Pork onto Your Plate

Pulled Pork. You know you love it. It’s savory, it’s sweet, and it’s easy to make for a crowd or just 2 lovebirds. Plus, it’s just so darned versatile. Don’t believe me? Check out these ways to mix up your pulled pork game and you’ll soon change your tune.


Slow Cooker Hot Wings and 7 More Low-Stress Game-Night Snacks

No true fan can summon the concentration to do complicated party foods for game-watching night. Starting with the best (and easiest) crockpot chicken wings you’ll ever taste, these 8 dishes represent the best starting lineup in snackville. A little shopping, some advance prep, and a winning attitude, and you’ll be freed up to stress about the fourth quarter on game night. READ MORE

15 Coleslaw Recipes to Get You Through All of Your Summer BBQs

Everyone loves a summer BBQ – what’s not to love about charred hotdogs, perfectly cooked medium-rare burgers, and seared Portobello mushrooms fresh from the grill. But fantastic coleslaw can be a game changer you didn’t see coming; in some cases, the right tangy coleslaw recipe can even turn a greasy brat into a well-balanced meal. READ MORE

47 Kitchen and Food Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Okay, maybe these kitchen hacks won't change your life in an "I won the lottery" or "I just found out I'm pregnant" kind of way. And maybe you've seen a few of these before. But we've mixed it up a bit and covered a lot of territory here -- from pimping out your refrigerator to the easiest four-ingredient ice cream you'll ever make (no cooking or fancy gizmos required). Got a hack of your own? Do tell in the comments section. READ MORE

9 Recipes to Make Now That It’s Strawberry Season

Strawberries in such high demand that they’re on supermarket shelves year-round, but the best time to enjoy them is actually during spring and summer: from April until August, they’re at their sweetest and most fragrant. The sweet and floral strawberry arguably tastes best when eaten straight out of one’s hand. But if you’re lucky enough to have a glut of them, here are a few of our favorite recipes that include strawberries. READ MORE

10 Best Beers to Use in Beer Batter Recipes

Beer does some amazing things in batter for deep-fried foods. The CO2 gas in a can of Bud keeps things light and airy, and helps the batter cook fast, meaning the cod underneath can emerge moist and properly à point. But what kind of beer? READ MORE

11 Non-Traditional Burger Recipes For Your Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial day, the official kick off for summer, is a time for the three B’s: barbecue, beaches, and burgers. And while anyone can buy a few frozen patties and throw them on the grill, you read Chow for a reason! READ MORE